Thursday, 1 December 2016

World AIDS Day

Not the kind of day I generally mark here, but an important one.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Class reading

More adaptations of novels by Class creator Patrick Ness, with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland looking to star in Chaos Walking.

Monday, 28 November 2016

The Size Of The Miniatures

Thanks to vanvlak on Lead Adventure, a size comparison of the Warlord Games aliens with some humanoids from other companies.

Perry, Silence, Infinity, Judoon, Foundry, Zygon, GW

They look a fair size to me. I would like to see how the Doctors and companions match up too...

Monday, 14 November 2016

Sir Frederick Banting

A Google Doodle for the 125th birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, discoverer of insulin, and so it’s also World Diabetes Day.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Dalek miniatures for Time Vortex

The plastic Daleks for Time Vortex, the Miniatures Game, previewed here.

Hm. Well, they look like nice Time War era Daleks. And snap together is handier than needing glue, and the eyestalk attached to the base should be stronger than one attached to the head. But compared to the 80s Citadel four-part versions who had separate heads (and a choice of plunger or claw) making a multi-part figure with no posing options seems like a step back, and the separate eyestalk means moving the head around would involve cutting all three parts.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

BBC TV is 80 years old

The first day of BBC television was November 2nd 1936.

It took over a year for something SF-y to be made, but there were a few things before Quatermass hit in 1953. Stranger From Space, Number Three, Time Slip, The Lost Planet...

Saturday, 29 October 2016


To quote Cameron McEwan at BBC Worldwide on Twitter:

50 years ago today, Doctor Who fandom was truly launched with fans moaning, “The new guy isn’t as good as the one before!”

It’s the idea that let this show run for half a century, especially when Patrick Troughton didn’t just play a rejuvenated version of William Hartnell’s Doctor but the role changed to suit him.

It’s very obviously an idea brought into the fiction from practical concerns, but it has come to matter to the story, especially with other Time Lords changing as well - and usually being better at it than the Doctor, as they can stay similar across regenerations more easily in smaller roles. I’ve run with that in RPGs, where recasting isn’t necessary - Kai in The Door In Time is really good at regenerating under stress, for example.

And I’ve used regeneration as a plot hook a few times. Its power can ignite dying stars, save (and change) other lives, burn, and more, and it allows a skilled user to become someone else even if they don’t need to heal...

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Gunfight At The O.K. Corral

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was 135 years ago today. It was also not actually at the O.K. Corral, starting a grand tradition of reporting it inaccurately, as seen early in Doctor Who...

Monday, 24 October 2016

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Happy... 384th birthday to Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, father of microbiology.

Yes, I know Doctor Who did Fantastic Voyage a couple years ago with Into The Dalek, but hey.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Class is now in session

For Tonight We Might Die is an interesting title choice for the first episode...

The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo to follow.

To avoid spoilers, reviews once they’re on the unsmart TV in a few days.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Anniversary Of The Cybermen

Fifty years today! Their golden anniversary!

What? Oh.

Anyway, as I’ve mentioned before, the Cybermen are great creepy identity-destroying body horror monsters - for kids! Daleks reign supreme but it’s the Cybermen that give me the chills. Notice how Asylum Of The Daleks has them converting people...

As the Daleks are the opposite of the Doctor’s tolerance and reluctance to use violence, the Cybermen are the opposite of his individualism and warmth.

Want to bring them into a game? Always a good excuse to use a different design!

The totally-impractical-on-TV Flood Cybermen perhaps...

And maybe to mess with expectations, bring in Kroton!

An adventure hook from Peter Capaldi

The Doctor finds himself in... Doctor Who.

Paul Cornell did something similar in the last IDW comic special, from the outside looking in.

So did Eerie Indiana, and I stole it for The Watch House before Supernatural did. ;)